Stephen Thompson is a social scientist who has worked in international development for over a decade. Stephen is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex - the number one ranked Development Studies institute in the world. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He primarily works on the Inclusion Works programme, which focuses on the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities in low income settings. He has worked for both research institutes and non-government organisations in both Europe and Africa. He has researched and published studies on blindness and visual impairment, with a particular focus on human resources for health and uncorrected refractive error. He completed his doctorate at the National Optometry Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology, as an African Vision Research Institute Post Graduate Student. His thesis was on the social and economic impact of visual impairment in Mozambique. Stephen previously worked on the Knowledge and Evidence for Development programme at IDS, assisting the UK Department for International Development with evidence use and policy creation. Stephen was formally the Project Manager for the Mozambique Eyecare Project, where he spent a number of years developing the optometry programme at Universidade Lurio, Mozambique. He also worked for Vision Aid Overseas between 2007 and 2009.